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Sep 2, 2012 6:30pm EDT
president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message. >>> on this sunday night, high stakes. team obama unleashes a full-court press on the road to the convention. tonight chuck todd and andrea mitchell on what the president needs to do. >>> new evacuations in the gulf. the storm is gone but tonight the danger isn't over. >>> deadly smer in one of america's biggest cities. how residents are fighting to take back the streets. >>> they're going for gold once again tonight in london with kate middleton there cheering them on. >>> and in the doghouse. good dogs, bad behavior and pet owners around the world adding their canine criminals to the lineup. >>> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >>> good evening. president obama is on the campaign trail tonight hitting states that are sure to be hotly contested and sharpening the attacks and talking points that are likely to frame this week's democratic convention in charlotte. that will include the charge that mitt romney and republicans are pushing failed economic polici
NBC
Sep 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
>>> on our broadcast tonight from charlotte, as president obama arrives here for this convention, the weather forces a big change of plans. but tonight's main attraction, former president bill clinton. the speech he says has kept him up at night. tonight we'll talk with him exclusively about the stakes, the speech, and the president. >> i'm actually more enthusiastic abo him than i was four years ago when i said i thought he was ready to be president. >>> also the first lady on making it work as a mom in the white house. >>> and a major breakthrough being reported from the world of health and science that could change the way we view our health for all time. change the way we view our health for all time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television r by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. as night two of the democratic convention is now under way, and this has now become the second convention this season to be heavily affected by weather. as you recall, the republicans lost an entire night to that passing hurricane. and now, based on the threat
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Sep 16, 2012 10:30am EDT
for the tyranny of a mob. >> but in this highly charged campaign environment, new questions about how the obama administration should respond enter the political debate. >> the administration was wrong to stand by statements sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in egypt instead of condemning their actions. >> this morning, we'll talk to a key member of the president's foreign policy team, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. >>> also this morning, an exclusive network interview with a key player in the middle east, the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu. have relations between his country and the u.s. have hit a new low over the looming nuclear threat from iran? >> those in the international community that refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. >>> sorting out u.s. options in the middle east, consequences for the region and the political impact in november. our political roundtable. joining us, the first muslim elected to the u.s. congress, democratic representative from minnesota, keith elliso
NBC
Sep 21, 2012 4:00am EDT
>>> campaign, mitt romney pounces on president obama's statement that washington can't be transformed from the inside. >> i can change washington, i will change washington. we'll get the job done from the inside. >> iphone frenzy. long lines form as apple starts selling the next generation of its blockbuster smartphone. >>> national pride. the washington nationals clinch a playoff spot bringing post-season baseball to the nation's capital for the first time in nearly 80 years. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, september 21, 2012. good morning everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm anne-marie green. the first in person vote for campaign 2012 will be cast today. two states begin early voting. early voting accounted for a record 30% of all votes cast in the 2008 election. meanwhile both presidential candidates will be looking for votes in key battleground states today. program is in virginia, mitt romney is in nevada. he has a new battle cry. he's accusing the president of surrendering his ability to change washington. >> reporter: mitt romney jumped all over thi
NBC
Sep 24, 2012 4:00am EDT
>>> candidate conversation. president obama and mitt romney battle over taxes in separate interviews for "60 minutes." >> he seems to have only one note, tax cuts for the wealthy, and rolling back regulations as a recipe for success. >> i'll not raise taxes on middle income folks. oil not lower the share of taxes paid by high income individuals. >>> imposter in the air. a man claiming to be an airline pilot is accused of flying in the cockpit of a passenger jet. >>> heavy heart. nfl player shines on the field just hours after losing a family member. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, september 24, 2012. good morning, everybody, good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. mitt romney is in colorado today and begins a bus tour in ohio tomorrow. he's cutting down on fundraising and spend more time with voters. he admits he's slipping behind the president in several key swing states. today in ohio obama campaign targets romney's comments about americans who don't pay taxes. last night president obama and mitt romney made their case. >> reporter: good morning. this is t
NBC
Sep 23, 2012 10:30am EDT
. >> yeah, we have got president obama and governor romney. we have got the president of egypt is going to close for us, and i think people will find that very interesting. president, new president of liberia is coming. nobel prize winning president -- i said liberia, i meant libya, and the nobel prize winning president of liberia is coming and a lot of other world leaders from around the world. >> mike duke will be on the opening, president of wal-mart along with the head of the world bank and secretary-general of the u.n. because of at least among american companies wal-mart is the number one user of solar power in america and they use quite a bit of wind too, so it is very interesting that they have, a buying part of their business strategy and their stock has been up and growth is good, it is cutting down on their traditional energy use. >> schieffer: i want to wish you the best of luck with this but also want to talk to you a little bit about american politics. you have clearly were the star of the detrimentally convention. you probably made the best case that anybody could probabl
NBC
Sep 7, 2012 7:00pm EDT
obama, after launching his reelection effort, was hit head-on by the economic reality today even though 96,000 jobs were added to the u.s. economy in the month of august, and even though the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1%, both the need and expectations were greater than that. and so with economists using words like "anemic," that affected what the campaign was hoping would feel much more like a post-charlotte victory lap. the economy remains the big issue in this campaign. and we begin our coverage of all of all of it tonight with white house correspondent kristen welker traveling with the president in iowa city tonight. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, brian. well, president obama left charlotte this morning with the vice president and first lady to hit pivotal swing states, and he tried to cast that jobs report in a positive light. campaigning in new hampshire, mr. obama took the long view on jobs. >> today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. we know i
NBC
Sep 6, 2012 9:00pm EDT
michelle obama. >> we must work like never before. >> and bill clinton, just last night. >> you must reelect president barack obama. >> tonight joe biden leads off and then the president makes his case for re-election. 3 f2 >> aquÍ estÁ brian williams. the primetime address by president obama and the beginning really of the final push, when americans wake up tomorrow morning, this election is suddenly 60 days away. now, as you know, the president's surrogates from the first lady to former president bill clinton have laid the groundwork for tonight and shortly we'll hear from vice president joe biden and then, of course, present barack obama. we were not supposed to be in here tonight. we were supposed to be across town in the football stadium. you see it there live, for what was supposed to be an outdoor celebration for upwards of 65,000 people, but the risk of rough weather was too great. it came through here late this afternoon. as of tonight, you can second guess this all evening. jim cantore, where are you when we need you? but as a layman, other than that massive shower to our
NBC
Sep 5, 2012 4:00pm EDT
organizers announced they're moving president obama's speech indoors tomorrow night, because there's a threat for severe weather. the president was supposed to accept his party's nomination at the outdiet bank of america stadium. the president will now give his speech at the time warner cable area, only people with credentials will be allowed in to see that speech. >>> tonight former president clinton will take the stage, trying to convince voters that the president deserves four more years. steve handlesman has a preview from charlotte. sirchlts president obama arrived in charlotte. he'll give a speech thursday night, in the major convention venue, it's three times larger, but exposed. the chance of rain is 30 to 40%. >> clearly team obama felt that the risks of having this thing drenched in a thunderstorm outweighed the benefits they got in denver from a big outdoor crowd, and clint eastwood shows them what happens when a nomination acceptance speech gets undercut by circumstances. republicans charged democrats just couldn't fill the stadium. >> i think it has more to do with attendance tha
NBC
Sep 26, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, president obama and mitt romney make their case in ohio. we're headed to the buckeye state next. >>> now we go to campaign 2012, a lot of the focus on ohio today. golfing legend and native son jack nicklaus helped republican mitt romney make the case he's the better presidential candidate. both romney and president obama have made more than a dozen visits to the critical swing state of ohio. >> the people of ohio are going to say loud and clear on november 6th we can't afford four more years. we must do better. >> it looks like mitt romney needs to do better in ohio right now. a new cbs poll finds him trailing the president by 10 points, the lead among women 25 point. president obama also campaigned today in the buckeye state. a quinnipiac university cbs news poll new york sometimes as well has him leading in two other battlegrounds, florida and pennsylvania. >>> coming up on 9news no problem with name recognition, bruce leshan reports from romney, west virginia. >> reporter: i'm bruce leshan in romney, west virginia. this small town may share its name with the republican presidential nomi
NBC
Sep 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
the damage that he found in just four years. >> afterwards, a surprise appearance from president obama, setting the stage for his big moment tonight. rough seas. hurricane leslie gaining strength, as partial remnants of isaac reemerge in the gulf of mexico. and, oops, a building implosion goes off without a hitch until a huge cloud of debris engulfs a crowd of onlookers. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" at the democratic national convention with matt lauer live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza and savannah guthrie, live in charlotte, north carolina. >> and welcome to a special split edition of "today" on this thursday morning. good morning, i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. >>nd i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, you look at that implosion video. someone clearly for got to do the old which way was the wind going? meanwhile president obama already had a lot of pressure on him with his speech tonight. now he's got a really tough act to folw after what was an enthusiastic and powerful endorsement from former pre
NBC
Sep 22, 2012 11:00pm EDT
, urging leaders to get out the vote. hello, everybody, i'm bruce johnson. president barack obama has a lead in some swing states. tonight at the washington convention center, michelle obama used her keynote address to the congressional black caucus gala to urge voters to register voters and turn out on election day. >> too many of us choose not to participate. while we are tuning out and staying home on election day, other folks are tuning in. other folks are taking politics very seriously. and they are engaged on every level. >> one of the hot issues at the congressional black caucus event is a protest by some black clergy who are urging african americans to stay at home on election day to protest the president's support for gay marriage. >>> ken picks up the story from here. he's live downtown from the gala at the convention center. ken, what's up? >> reporter: good evening to you, bruce. it's because of that protest that you just talked about that the first lady's comments come at a critical moment for the black community locally and throughout the country. this is of course, f
NBC
Sep 13, 2012 6:00pm EDT
backing mitt romney questioned president obama's leadership in this crisis. as yet another group of angry muslims attacked another u.s. embassy. like in libya tuesday, anti-american rioting in yemen got out of control, storming the u.s. embassy complex and breaking in before police beat them back. no americans reported hurt. it's the third arab nation racked by protests aimed at the u.s. this was egypt last night. another outburst of anger over the crude anti-muslim movie said to be made in the u.s. but not by the u.s. government, secretary of state clinton tried to make clear about the video today. >> we absolutely reject its content and message. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney, after he took hits for accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the rioters. for the president, a foreign crisis close to election day is a chance to show off leadership, and a chance for a high-profile stumble, campaigning in colorado he talked tough. >> i want people around the world to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in
NBC
Sep 6, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. the obama daughters, first lady have joined him up on stage. savannah, your initial marks on the speech. >> i think we have just heard the 2012 version of hope and change. i was told by an adviser before this speech that it wasn't going to be about barack obama, it wasn't going to be about mitt romney, it would be about the american people. clearly that's the message. he said it's the american people who brought change and at the end he said it's the american people who give him hope. they promised a lot of things. he is clearly trying to reinspire and energize this base. he needs them to turn out to the polls if he wants to win. >> as we said earlier, a little different on the floor of this convention. if you're used to the closing balloon drop, they weren't ready to do this inside, so we're going to have to settle for a lot of confetti here on the floor. as we watch what's taking place on the main stage, let's do a lightning round of all our contributors. chuck todd, take on the pure politics of the speech going into the campaign. >> well, it was clearly what i would call a workman-li
NBC
Sep 5, 2012 5:00am EDT
michelle obama makes her pitch for a second term for her husband. >>> good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this wednesday, september 5th, 201. live look outside at 5:00 a.m. 77 lucky degrees. felt like a wall of humidity. walk right into it. >> whoosh. >> he felt the air. >> i walked right through it, too. >> cooled him off. >> he must have spritzed himself before hand. >> wow, yes, in the car. >> yeah. we've got a better chance of seeing rain throughout the area today. unfortunately, and then the other thing, too, the other part of story is that higher temperatures, too, around today, tomorrow, and friday. taking you back to 1:00 a.m. this morning. a few showers around front royal. those who made their way off to the north and east, really falling apart if you're around baltimore, we've got more rain that sits back in west virginia. the other side of i-81. that's what's going to slowly be making its way eastward throughout the morning. i think by the time we get to mid morning, 8:00, 9:00 a.m., we will see those showers here locally and again
NBC
Sep 7, 2012 4:00am EDT
today," moving forward. president obama presents his vision to the country as he accepts the democratic nomination. >>> murder verdict. ex-cop drew peterson is convicted of the 2004 murder of his wife kathleen savio. >>> and a rare display. pieces of the late neil armstrong's historic space suit go on display for the first time in a decade. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with the final countdown. with election day just two months away, the end of the democrats' convention last night marks a fresh starting point in the race for the white house, and last night president obama made his appeal for a second term saying the election is a clear choice between two different paths for america. nbc's steve handelman reports. >> liberty and justice for all! >> reporter: a symbol of recovery. arizona's gabby giffords led the pledge and amped up the energy for the president. he wanted to fire up democrats but barack obama aimed his speech at undecided voters. >> i'm asking you to rally around a set of goals
NBC
Sep 19, 2012 4:30am EDT
and that has to focus on the 5% of the voters undecided. president obama appeared on david letterman last night and said the president needs to be the leader of all americans including that 47%. >>> a new quinnipiac university poll says mitt romney is losing grounds in the states that are most likely to decide this election. in colorado president obama is now leading which is a change from august which mitt romney had a five-point lead there. in virginia and wisconsin president obama has extended his lead in both of those states. beyond the polls' margin of error. >>> less than 50 days left in the presidential campaign and the attack ads between president obama and mitt romney heating up. each campaign has been airing tv ads making claims about the other. >> how accurate are the claims? gary nurenberg checked a few of the ads for accuracy. ga. >> i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> he keeps saying it. >> this president cannot tell us he's better off today than when we took office. >> reporter: the ad compares statistics from 2008 and from now. >> 30 months of private sector job grow
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 4:00am EDT
his job. >>> president obama and mitt romney will argue domestic issues next week. the obama campaign released a scathing commercial taking a shot at romney's remarks that 47% of americans don't pay income tax. >>. >> 47% of the people, who believe they are victims that have the government has a responsibility to them. believe they are entitled. >> romney put out two new ads. susan mcginnis is in washington with all of this this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi. romney is in pennsylvania today, not airing any ads in the state today. this is a state that hasn't supported a republican in nearly 25 years. apparently his visit, according to his aides talking privately is more about fund-raising to try to sort of slow the president's momentum with early voting in many areas under way. early voting began in iowa thursday morning and voters lined up to cast their ballots. president obama's team is feeling confident that most of these early votes will be for the president. >> this many people this early in the morning really shows that there's strong support here in iowa for the
NBC
Sep 6, 2012 5:00am EDT
up tonight with a speech from president obama. he'll officially accept his party's nomination at time warner cable arena in charlotte. the president was supposed to speak at a much larger football stadium, but organizers moved it to the arena because of a threat for bad weather. legates officially renominated president obama for president yesterday. and they'll do the same with vice president joe biden today. the vice president got a quick walk-through about four hours ago at 1:00 a.m., once the delegates left. 'll speak tonight and accept the vice presidential nomination shortly before the president takes the stage. former president bill clinton says he is confident barack obama will win a second term. >> i hate to break it to you, but we're going to keep president obama on the job! >> clinton officially renominated president obama last night. he told delegates that the president has taken steps, the crucial first steps toward an economic recovery, and he is the right man to finish the job. >> he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began the long, h
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Sep 25, 2012 6:00pm EDT
needs help. >> lesli. >>> even president obama says it is time for the regular referees to get back on the job. he made the remark today following the questionable call by those replacement refs last night that gave the seattle seahawks the game. bruce johnson sampled some opinion from around town today. >> they need to do something about them. >> i think they are terrible. >> we couldn't find a single fan who agreed with the replacement referees and the nfl that seattle won last night's game with the touchdown reception as time ran out. >> was it an interception or a touchdown? >> it was an interception. >> got these kidergarden guys out here making the calls. >> former redskins defensive end, dexter manley. >> everyone in this country -- you could see the fan bases there. i think it's going to really hurt football. >> very few other people we talk with today said they will stop watching football. you feel for the victims. the players, but you are going to tune in. you are going to slow up to watch to see how it all turns out. >> so yeah, it's not necessarily good publici
NBC
Sep 3, 2012 4:00am EDT
. president obama stops off in ohio and new orleans before tomorrow's dnc kickoff. >>> mystery ship. isaac's pounding surf washes up what could be a civil war-era vessel. >>> and, royal seat. england's prince andrew goes to great heights for a good cause. >> this is "early today" for monday, september 3rd, 2012. >> hello and very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with labor day on the campaign trail. while much of the country has the day off, president obama will be hard at work before heading to the democratic national convention tomorrow. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte with the details. traci, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. i'm standing in front of the stadium where we will see president obama speak here in charlotte later in the week. but first he is on a campaign trip that he calls road to charlotte. today he'll be in ohio and storm-ravaged louisiana. but first, take a look. the president in boulder, colora colorado, on sunday talking about the republicans' convention last week. as the president put it, there were hard truths bu
NBC
Sep 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
obama is campaigning this weekend in florida. he's telling voters that creating more jobs is his top priority right now. he's calling on americans to rally behind real achievable goals that will lead to new jobs. his newest high profile surrogate is in our area. julian castro attended a kickoff yesterday. he was the keynote speaker at the democratic national convention in charlotte last week. he talked about why president obama deserves a second term. >> there's no question that it's a close race in virginia. i believe what's going to tip the scales is president obama's commitment to creating opportunity and economic prosperity. what he has done already, 30 straight months of private sector job growth, more than 4.5 million jobs created and what he wants to do in the future. >> mayor castro will be on "meet the press" with david gregory at 10:30 right here on nbc4. >>> mitt romney will be on "meet the press" and like mayor castro he spent yesterday in virginia. the republican presidential nominee is blaming president obama for exposing the military to huge spending cuts. defense spen
NBC
Sep 7, 2012 6:00am EDT
president obama and republican challenger mitt romney will campaign in new hampshire today. this afternoon the president will speak at a museum in port smith and then travel to an event at the university of iowa. mitt romney will attend a ramally in new hampshire. his campaign also plans to release more than a dozen new television commercials today. >>> four minutes after the hour. president obama tried to rally his base as the campaign transitions into a new phase. he spoke to a rousing crowd at the democratic national convention last night. the president outlined his accomplishments over the last four years. he also tried to show some contrast on hot button issues like the economy and health care for seniorses. . >> i will never turn medicare into a voucher. no american should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. they should retire with the care and the dignity that they have earned. >> news4's jim vance was also at the convention. he has more on the challenge ahead for democratic delegates. >> the convention is over. the delegates have gone home. de
NBC
Sep 13, 2012 5:00pm EDT
political prize is going to be in 2012 and northern virginia is the key which is why we have michelle obama here in fredericksburg here today. this presidential campaign has been focused on the economic challenges took a turn to the foreign policy and the turmoil in the middle east. this is what michelle obama had to say. >> i want to say how truly heart-broken barack and i are about the horrific tragedy that occurred earlier this week in libya. i'm not sure if everyone is aware. but our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who gave their lives serving our country. >> reporter: now, mitt romney had his rally in the heart of fairfax today. his comments about the unrest in et middle east yesterday caused some controversy. so today he tried to turn the focus back to the economy. >> mitt romney! >> reporter: a crowd of more than 2,000 cheered mitt romney's arrival in fairfax and he began by acknowledging the attack on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> we're thinking about their families and those that they left behind. what a tragedy to lose such a wonderful -- >> repor
NBC
Sep 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
, president obama will get an up close look at the devastation. he will travel to louisiana today to meet with officials. last week he declared federal emergencies in parts of the emergency including the region and mississippi. he wanted to speed up federal aid. janet napolitano and gop presidential candidate mitt romney have also visited the area in the past few days. and even though isaac is long gone, its impact is still being felt for millions across the gulf coast. the storms are responsible for at least seven deaths in the region. hundreds of thousands are still without power, including more than 200,000 in louisiana. on top of all of this damage the army corps of engineers is looking at whether the levees installed after hurricane katrina caused flooding in other areas. >> going to put this system up, which is a good thing. it's a good thing. it stopped the city from flooding. it's a good thing. we're not going to worry about where we're pushing the water. >> it would have reduced flooding in other places. >> well, the corps of engineers said it will run a variety of computer model
NBC
Sep 7, 2012 5:00pm EDT
200,000 a month are needed. >>> last night president obama acknowledged his failings and accomplishments, but he vowed the country's problems can be solved and the challenges met. >> yes, our path is hard, but it leads to a better place. yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together. we don't turn back, we leave no one behind, we pull each other up. we draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes. >> the president began the speech by accepting the democratic party's nomination for a second term. >>> while her husband campaigned in iowa today, ann romney was doing the same in northern virginia. she hosted a rally in leesburg, courting the all-important women's vote. >> reporter: next first lady of the united states, i present to you ann romney. >> reporter: ann romney was back in her element. women for mitt rally was held at a riding stable. the horsewoman clearly appreciated the setting. >> i should tell you i feel right at home because i'm in a barn. >> from returning watching her horse in the olympics, ann romney hasn't had much time for rid
NBC
Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
, today is expected to be a quiet date for both president obama and mitt romney. neither candidate has any public events planned. behind the scenes, they're cramming for their first debate. chip reid is traveling with the romney campaign in boston. >> reporter: good morning, anthony. this debate is huge for both candidates. some republican strategists say if does not do well in this, it could be downhill from there. and president obama's advisors are very worried he could make a mistake giving mitt romney the opportunity he needs. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody who makes $20 million a year like he does plays a lower tax rate than a cop or teacher who makes $50,000. >> at campaign appearances friday, president obama and mitt romney seemed to be previewing next wednesday's debate when the battle over taxes is expected to take center stage. romney say ts he'll hold the misrepresenting his record. >> i will not raise taxes on middle income americans! >> reporter: the stakes in the debate are so high that both candidates will soon retreat into political cocoons to get ready. on s
NBC
Sep 13, 2012 4:00am EDT
>>> this morning on early today, murder in benghazi. president obama vows justice will be done after the horrific killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya. >>> money out the window. bank robbery suspects hurl cash after a high speed chase. >>> and baby buzz, what kate has been turning down that's >>> and baby buzz, what kate has been turning down that's sparking pregnancy rumors. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. today we begin with firing back. in response to deadly attacks in libya that killed a u.s. ambassador u.s. war slips been sent to the coast and an elite group of marines will ramp up security. all of this as the obama administration responds to criticism from republican rifle mitt romney while investigating whether the attacks were specifically coordinated to take place on the anniversary of 9/11. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in cairo, another demonstration at the u.s. embassy. and after what happened in libya, president obama was harsh. in an interview on telemundo. >> they don't have tradi
NBC
Sep 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
. >>> isaac has come and gone but the storm left a trail of devastation in its wake. president obama will visit the storm-ravaged region today. he will tour louisiana and review recovery and response efforts. the president declared federal emergencies in louisiana and mississippi. right now hundreds of thousands of people are still without power, including more than 200,000 louisiana alone. >>> the storm is to blame for at least seven deaths, as well. >>> most of new orleans was spared by isaac's wrath thanks to new levees built after hurricane katrina. but some louisiana residents are complaining at the levees. they say the levees diverted flood waters to other areas of the state causing more damage. >> you're going to put the flood system up, is ch is a good thing. food thing. it stopped the city from flooding, it's a good thing. but you're not going to worry about where you're pushing the water? >> we would not have built a system that would have induced flooding in other places. >> the corps of engineers said it would l. run a variety of computer motd dells to figure out if the n
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Sep 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
convention in charlotte last night first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned speech designed to both sway wavering voters and light a fighter under the party's base. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte. she has more on this. good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning to you. a bit of backstory. aides say the ideas she talked about last night were her own, that she knew exactly what she wanted to say in this speech. it was a fiery kick-off to this convention, and there's more to come tonight. democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton, the only person more popular in a recent gallup poll, michelle obama. she brought democrats to their feet last night with a rousing speech about decisions based on family values. >> in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. >> a message aimed at women. >> he believes that women are more capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically,
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Sep 25, 2012 5:00am EDT
president obama is changing topics. >> the president will address the u.n. general assembly and he's expected to focus on problems in libya, the middle east and iran. 9news now reporter kristin fisher is live outside the white house with the story. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, mike and andrea. president obama has plenty to talk about when he addresses the u.n. general assembly later today in new york. there's the civil war in syria, the recent attacks in libya and egypt and the possibility of iran developing a nuclear weapon. but the president is not going to be at the u.n. for long. he's taken some hits for it. the president arrived in new york city yesterday afternoon and he went straight for a sitdown not with world leaders but with the ladies of the view. in fact, the president will not be sitting down with any world leaders during the u.n. which is extremely rare. last year he had 13 meetings with world leaders during the u.n. so critics are accusing the president of putting his reelection efforts ahead of diplomacy but jay carney pointed out the president
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Sep 8, 2012 6:00am EDT
, it is back to the campaign trail for both candidates this morning. this weekend president obama will be taking a bus tour through florida. he'll start in st. petersburg before traveling to kissimmee later today. he will also make stops in melbourne and west palm beach tomorrow before heading back to the white house. meanwhile, republican nominee mitt romney will be in our backyard again today. he plans to hold a rally this afternoon at the military aviation museum in virginia beach. then tonight, he will make a pit stop in richmond. that's where he will help start tonight's federated auto parts 400 nascar race at the richmond international raceway. his wife ann just made a stop in virginia yesterday to speak to william in leesburg. >>> jesse jackson jr. could soon be back to work after being treated for bipolar disorder. jackson went for treatment in june after collapsing at his home here in d.c. his doctors revealed he went to the mayo clinic in minnesota for treatment. one of jackson's aides says he could be back to work as early as monday. he's up for re-election this novembe
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Sep 10, 2012 11:00am EDT
office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. >>> earlier this morning, the u.s. military handed over control of bagram prison. bagram prison holds about 3,000 detainees. afghan president hamid karzai called the action a victory for afghan sovereignty. the taliban reportedly threatened to kill prince harry. sky news is reporting the taliban is describing the 27-year-old as a high value target and they will, quote, make their best efforts to arrest or kill him. harry arrived in afghanistan last week for his second tour of duty. officials say harry did not want any royal treatment during this mission. harry's first tour in afghanistan was back in 2008. it was kept a secret because of security concerns. >>> we now have a new fir
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Sep 13, 2012 11:00pm EDT
apple products. >> first lady michelle will obama was in virginia today, making campaign stops in richmond and fredericksburg, where she reminded supporters the president took the commonwealth four years ago. >> this room alone could swing an entire precinct for barack obama. >> both candidates opened their campaign events today by remembering the lives lost overseas in libya. >>> tonight at the university of maryland former redskins linebacker lavar arrington spoke out about the child sex abuse scandal 8 his alma mater. he took part in the panel discussion about penn state. former assistant coach jerry sandusky was convicted of abusing young boys and is in prison. legendary football coach joe paterno was fired and died from cancer a couple of months after the scandal surfaced. arrington talked of his continuing support of the university and the team. >> again, i continue to maintain that we are penn state thing because we are penn state. it's plural. it took all of us to make what that place represented. it wasn't one person. and that includes joe paterno. >> the panel discuss
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Sep 3, 2012 4:30am EDT
installed after hurricane katrina actually caused flooding in other areas. meanwhile, president obama will travel down to louisiana today to tour the storm-ravaged state. the president will meet with local officials and view response and recovery evident for thes. declare federal emergencies in louisiana and mississippi, hoping to speed up federal aid to those effected by isaac. janet napolitano visited the area yesterday and mitt romney toured louisiana on friday. >>> this morning democrats are on their way to north carolina for the democratic national convention. so is the republican vice presidential nominee, paul ryan will campaign today in greenville. that's about 250 miles from charlotte where the convention begins tomorrow. vice president joe biden had planned on campaigning in tampa during the start of the gop convention but he canceled those plans though because hurricane isaac was approaching the area. biden is issuing a new warning about mitt romney. he says the republican presidential nominee is ready to go to war in syria and iran. the vice president made that comment yes
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Sep 7, 2012 11:00pm EDT
obama and mitt romney campaigned in new hampshire and iowa today. romney is selling the new job numbers as proof the president's policies aren't working. he also started a new commercial blits in battleground states today. the president defended his economic record saying the economy was losing jobs by the hundreds of thousands when he took office. he believes the numbers show progress but admits it's slower than he'd like. mitt romney will campaign in virginia tomorrow. today his wife ann romney hosted a vote for mitt rally in leesburg. the goal is to draw more female voters to the gop ticket. while in leesburg mrs. romney sat down for a one-on-one interview. >> i really hope that americans and virginians in particular have a really serious thought and say, you know, this guy is very competent, he's a good person. he's done a lot of the turnarounds in his life. let's give him the keys to this car and see whether he can't get this engine going. >> mrs. romney said she didn't watch the president's speech last night because she needed rest for today's campaign appearance. she did watch ex
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Sep 9, 2012 6:30pm EDT
suddenly opened up between president obama and mitt romney. the president making a bounce in florida where he tried to pivot the conversation away from high unemployment and on to an area that he hopes to prove to be governor romney's achilles heal. romney told our david gregory what part of the president's health care law he would like to keep in place. kristen welker joins us from west palm beach with more on all of that as well as what has to be the picture of the day. >> reporter: good evening to you. we will get to that picture in a moment. the candidates over taxes and medicare as president obama opened up a lead in what has otherwise been a razor tight race. campaigning in florida today president obama tried to turn the focus to medicare. >> i want you to know, florida, i will never turn medicare into a voucher. >> reporter: the president is enjoying a post convention bump, the latest galup poll showing him up. romney disclosed he would preserve the most popular parts of the president's health care plan, something he said before but went into more detail today. >> i'm not getting ri
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Sep 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
husband, 51 years. >>> see you back here at 9:00. >>> good morning. the race is on. president obama and mitt romney criss-crossing the nation over the holiday weekend. the republican challenger touching down in storm-ravaged louisiana, the president headed there next. will it help them sway the undecideds? >>> health scare. officials saying that some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at yosemite national park this summer may be at risk for contracting a deadly virus. >>> and eastwooding. fresh off his performance at the republican convention, movie icon clint eastwood has inspired a new phenomenon, and it's a big hit online today, saturday, september 1st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. and empty chairs across the country have never been so happy before, ever. i mean, empty chairs everywhere are finally getting their time in the spotlight wait until the chair says something. you know who else was almost sitting next to an empty chair? >> here we go
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Sep 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
shows mitt romney leading president obama nationally. the rasmussen reports survey shows the gop presidential contender ahead of president obama 47 to 44%. and just five days ago, the two were tied in this poll. a similar shift happened in battleground states. rasmussen polled voters in 11 swing states and show romney and president obama are tied. the same poll showed the president leading by four points five days ago. the republican national convention could explain the bump which is pretty typical when the event wraps up. mitt romney plans to take a break from campaigning and prepare for the upcoming presidential debates. he and his vice presidential pick, paul ryan, visited the battleground states of florida and ohio yesterday. ryan went to the ohio state football game against his alma mater, miami university of ohio. they told the crowds that president obama is to blame for those without jobs. romney likened it to football saying if the team is not winning, then it's time to get a new coach. >>> so ryan is facing just a little bit of controversy and it has nothing to do with
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Sep 13, 2012 5:00am EDT
any mission president obama orders. the president won't say whether he's even considering military action in libya. he does say that justice will be done. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts, and bring them to justice. >> the white house says president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue working with u.s. to make sure diplomats are safe. >>> the bodies of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans killed with on their way back to the u.s. a must military helicopter left tripoli yesterday with the bodies and arrived in germany before heading to the u.s. other victims who were injured in the attack were also onboard, as were more than two dozen people evacuated from the consulate. these protest over that internet video are continuing today in the middle east. this is just outside the u.s. embassy in cairo. today's demonstrations are much more subdued than tuesday's when protesters scaled the walls of the complex there and destroyed an american fla
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Sep 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
killed in all of last year. >>> president obama will have to give his acceptance speech at the democratic national convention inside. organizers decided to move his speech from the large bank of america stadium to the smaller time warner stadium. nbc's tracie potts has more on the speech from mrs. obama that electrified democrats. >> reporter: democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton. t the only person more popular in a recent gallup poll, my khiche obama. she brought democrats to their feet last night with a rousing speech about decisions based on family values. >> when, in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal. because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. >> reporter: a message aimed at women. >> he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices our bodies and our health care. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically. no, that's not how he was raised. he cared that it was the right thing to do. >> reporter: not once did she mention mitt romney. but plenty of others
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Sep 13, 2012 11:00am EDT
a specific mission but give the military more flexibility to launch any mission president obama should order. the president won't say if he's thinking of military action but he's vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts and bring them to justice. >> president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue to work with the u.s. to ensure diplomats are safe. >>> mitt romney is standing by his campaign's criticism of the white house's response to the libyan attacks. right now, he is preparing for a rally. romney will campaign at van dyke park and fairfax. megan mcgrath is live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. you can see all the people that gathered at van dyke park. the candidate himself, mitt romney has not arrived. we are expecting him shortly. he's been criticized about the statements about u.s. diplomats and criticizing the obama administration for handling the situation while the events were unfolding. he is expected toouch on that sub
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Sep 24, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> president obama is fielding criticism for skipping bilateral meetings with world leaders, but making time for an appearance on a daytime talk show. >> they have telephones in the white house. we talked to the president of egypt. he talked to the leader in libya. we don't need a meeting in washington just to confer with leaders. >> right now, most of the world's leaders can be found in new york. i'm stacey cohen reporting. >>> the county's own plan calls for this parkland to be protected. why is it at risk of being paveed over? we'll tell you more when we come back. >>> back now is a health alert about the threat of west nile virus today. the virginia department of health confirmed a second death in northern virginia to this illness. the victim is described as an adult who lived in fairfax county. we don't know a lot more than that. this year, one person died in d.c. three in the state of maryland. >>> development in the form of a four lane road could spell the end of the line for tyson's corner. >>> i'm peggy fox in tyson's corner where the last remaining woods in this area are under t
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Sep 25, 2012 5:00pm EDT
obama and mitt romney were both in new york today. randall pinkston takes us to what they were up to. >> president obama surging fellow leaders to take a stand against violence in the muslim world. >> i do believe it is the obligation of all leaders in all countries to speak up forcefully against violence and extremism. >> speaking to the united nations general assembly. president obama condemned the film sparking protests overseas, but said nothing justifies mindless violence. the president also had a message for iran and its developing nuclear program. >> make no mistake. nuclear iran is not a challenge that can be detained. threaten the elimination of israel, the security of gulf nations and the stability of the global economy. >> after the president's un address, he headed across town to speak to clinton. that is where mitt romney began his day. joking about the perks of the former president. >> if there's one thing we have learned in this election season, by the way, it is that a few words from bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. >> he took a political jab at preside
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Sep 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
more years of barack obama, we're not going to have four more years of barack obama. >> the battle for the white house zeros in on ohio. >> both president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. >> no republican has won the white house without winning the buckeye state. >> o.h. >> o.h. works every time. >> iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad addresses the united nations today as he and his regime face ever increasing international pressure. >> israel believes you want to destroy them. you said you want to drive them from the face of the earth. >> football fans are fuming over that botched call by replacement refs. the upheld that call. >> yeah. some are calling it the worse call in the nfl history since d to play at the super bowl. >> worst touchdown ever. hail the size of tennis balls. >> the paddle boat race that teams are still talking about. >> how about a car without a driver. governor jerry brown instituted safety regulations for self-driving car. >> it came courtesy. >> is he frugal or cheap? >> cheap. >> wow. >> all that matters. >> seattle seah
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Sep 1, 2012 6:00am EDT
many people stay safe. >>> and president obama plans to tour new orleans on monday. today he heads to iowa. one of the many key battleground states this november. his campaign schedule also includes stops in colorado then ohio before coming back to our area. the president will travel to virginia tuesday where he'll speak at norfolk state university. now, aside from the hampton roads region, political experts believe northern virginia will be a driving force behind who carries the commonwealth in the general election. >> northern virginia, a key area for democrats, casts 28% of the vote statewide for the presidential race in the last three presideial elections. democrats have gone from breaking even up here to carrying it last time by 233,000 votes. republicans have to basically put the tourniquet on northern virginia. >>> meanwhile, democrat, prepping for their convention set to begin tuesday. check this out. the dnc released this neat time lapse video of crewing working away on the stage in charlotte. and nbc 4 will bring you complete coverage of the national democratic convention
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Sep 10, 2012 2:05am EDT
. and i have a plan that does that. >> and we get his reaction to president obama's stinging criticism during his convention in charlotte. >> now, our friends down in tampa at the republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with america but they didn't have much to say about how they'd make it right. >> the fall campaign is now in full swing with new disappointing job numbers sharpening the debate over the economy. will americans blame the president for a high jobless rate or give him for mour years to solve the problem? a rising star in the democratic party this morning who gave the keynote address at the democratic convention. mayor of san antonio, julian castro. >>> author and radio talk show host, bill bennett. columnist for "the washington post," and our political director, chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. this weekend i spent time with governor romney on the campaign trail for an exclusive two-part interview on the state of the race and what specifically a romney presidency would mean for the country. we met up with the romney frida
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Sep 10, 2012 5:00pm EDT
, president obama and his party raised more money than mitt romney and the republican party. romney raised $111 million in august, president obama $114 million. most of romney's contributions came from people who donated more than $250. in contrast, more than 1 million americans donated about $60 each to president obama's campaign. >>> a developing story unfolding in chicago tonight, where public schoolteachers are on strike for the first time in 25 years. they walked off the job today over contract issues, like health care, class size, and job evaluations. both sides actually agreed their salaries are fair. mayor rahm emanuel, the former white house chief of staff, claims this is a strike of choice. and teachers should have waited on more negotiations. 400,000 students are now out of class. some parents complain they had to scramble to find care for their kids. >> it's not fair to the kids at all. >> the schools did open for a few hours this morning to provide meals. 80% of chicago's school kids get free or reduced cost breakfast and lurvlg. >>> a prince george's county school reopened to
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Sep 21, 2012 7:00am EDT
, anti-american protests erupt overnight and turn deadly. >> mitt romney attacks president obama for saying you can't change washington from inside. >> millions around the world eagerly await the new iphone but there's already a problem. >> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >>> countries bracing for muslim protests around the world. >> u.s. embassies on high alert. >> a film made in america about the prophet mohamed two cinemas have been set ablaze. >> president obama and secretary clinton have been denouncing the film. >> his slogan is yes we can, now his slogan no i can't. >> we can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. >> we'll give him that chance in november. he's going outside. >> ann romney responding to republican critics. >> what do you think of your fellow republicans? >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it, get in the ring. >> a milestone in the war in afghanistan. last of 33,000 surge troops have left the country. >> apple's new iphone 5 is on sale today. >> put your hands a
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